Friday, April 18, 2014

Deciding whether to drink alcohol, or how much to drink, is a personal decision that we each eventually have to make. Dr. Edward Hill provides us with some information about alcohol and its effects on the human body in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a persons emotions, movement, vision and hearing.

If you are like many Americans, you drink alcohol at least occasionally. For many people, moderate drinking is probably safe. It may even have health benefits, including reducing your risk of certain heart problems.

Some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people on certain medicines and people with some medical conditions. If you have questions about whether it is safe for you to drink, speak with your healthcare provider.

Anything more than moderate drinking can be risky. Binge drinkingdrinking five or more drinks at one timecan damage your health and increase your risk for accidents, injuries and assault. Years of heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, heart disease, cancer and pancreatitis. It can also cause problems at home, at work and with friends.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.